Pilates is a mental and a physical body-conditioning programme developed by Joseph Pilates (1900-1967) that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting deep postural muscles, Pilates exercises build strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into current alignment. It will improve your posture; produce a longer leaner and more toned physique, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility. It is also a great way to relieve tension and stress!
Poor muscle recruitment, which is likely when muscles are not at their correct length, can play havoc, often resulting in joints being held out of alignment. There are many attributing factors for this, such as a sedentary lifestyle, sustained positions, workplace conditions, repetitive movements, stress, illness and injuries. Since it is likely these changes have occurred over a period of time, this faulty movement pattern can feel normal. Pain is usually the first sign of a problem, although some people do have bad posture without pain.
Pilates is a form of exercise that if performed regularly, re-establishes correct muscle recruitment, which restores good posture. This is achieved by identifying which muscles are weak, strong, short, long etc. and then correcting the muscle imbalances by stretching and relaxing tight, short muscles and then strengthening weak, long ones. This is unlike many other forms of exercise that strengthen further, the already strong muscles, resulting in even more of an imbalance.
Pilates re-trains the body to work efficiently, with minimal effort. Stamina and co-ordination are improved as the body comes into perfect balance and alignment. The immune system is stimulated and the level of general health very often increases as the internal organs can now dwell in their proper place and function correctly.
Pilates is a safe and effective exercise method that will enable you to look and feel your very best. Pilates will give you such a wonderful sense of well-being, you’ll want to do it for the rest of your life.